Nate Schierholtz turned in a career year for the Cubs last season and the Cubs might be able to turn another short-term asset into a long-term asset. Nick Piercoro reported on Monday that Kevin Towers is looking for an outfield bat and Nate Schierholtz might be an option the Diamondbacks pursue.
According to Jon Paul Morosi, Towers has interest in trading for Nate Schierholtz.
Nate Schierholtz is arbitration eligible for one more season. The Cubs signed Schierholtz to a one-year, $2.25 million contract last winter that included a $500,000 incentives package after he was non-tendered by the Phillies. Schierholtz should receive a nice bump in pay to around $4 million for the 2014 season.
Schierholtz put together a .251/.301/.470 line with a career-best .770 OPS. Schierholtz tied a career-high in games played (137) while setting career marks in plate appearances (503), hits (116), doubles (32), home runs (21), RBI (68) and walks (29).
Arizona is looking to add a corner bat, but what the Cubs could receive for the soon-to-be 30-year old outfielder is unknown at this point.